The gym at the St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School fills up for the God's Cod Fish Fry on Friday evening. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

The gym at the St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School fills up for the God’s Cod Fish Fry on Friday evening. In recent years the event has been drawing about a thousand people a night. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

About a thousand people attended St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School’s God’s Cod Fish Fry on Friday in the school’s gym. It was the first of seven fish dinners the school is offering in February and March to celebrate Lent and raise money for the parish’s school.

The menu offers fried cod, baked salmon, fried shrimp, fish tacos, and fish and chips, plus cheese pizza and macaroni and cheese for kids. Prices for the adult items range from $6 to $13. Two side dishes and a homemade dessert are included.

The dinner will be held again from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 and March 4, 11, 18 and 25. Eat in the gym or use the drive-thru.

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Volunteers process orders in the back.

Volunteers process drive-thru orders in the back.

The food preparation room.

The food preparation room. That’s event organizer Molly Hodge at the far right.

Volunteer Charlie Ponciroli prepares two skillets of green bean amondine.

Volunteer Charlie Ponciroli prepares two skillets of green bean amondine.

Phil Graham takes orders in the drive-thru.

Phil Graham takes orders in the drive-thru.

Only 30 minutes after the fish fry began, the drive-thru line ran all the way to Brentwood Boulevard.

Only 30 minutes after the fish fry began, the drive-thru line ran all the way to Brentwood Boulevard. Volunteer Phil Graham said he’s seen the line extend all the way to the intersection of Brentwood Boulevard and Manchester Road.

Selling soft drinks and wine are volunteers Roger Froesel and Karen McNeil.

Selling soft drinks and wine are volunteers Roger Froesel and Karen McNeil.

As in past years, a group of ladies who call themselves "the cutups" staff the dessert tables.

As in past years, a group of ladies who call themselves “the cutups” staff the dessert tables.

Sister Paulette Gladis speaks with a friend at the dessert station.

Sister Paulette Gladis speaks with a friend at the dessert station.